Orchestral Score Selected for Regional Workshop

An orchestral score composed by Asbury University senior Austin Scott has been chosen for the Lexington (Ky.) Philharmonic’s New Music Experiment.

Drawing on a long-standing interest in cinematic scores and science-fiction films, Scott began working on the piece, titled “Filmscape,” last year over Christmas break. He used the harmonic, melodic and orchestration techniques heard in films such as “Star Wars” and “Star Trek,” as well as select video games, to form an original score that will be performed by members of the Philharmonic and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra at a workshop in March.

“Non-traditional harmonic progressions and added tone techniques are a part of my own style anyway, but they are also prevalent in sci-fi music, so these form the basis of the harmonies in ‘Filmscape,’” Scott said. “While I have had my scores performed before at Asbury, this really feels like my first ‘professional’ appearance.”

The New Music Experiment is an educational workshop in which composers at various levels from high school to pre-professional collaborate with the Lexington Philharmonic and Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra under the direction of Scott Terrell, music director and conductor of the Philharmonic.

“It’s a great honor to be chosen for this event and quite a unique experience to have a composition performed by such a fine group of musicians,” said Dr. Mark Schell, chair of Asbury’s Music Department.

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